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hate crime

alicehayesalicehayes Posts: 1Member
Anyone know how people with disabilities can get free or cheap legal advice, it may be a bit beyond the cab.

I am having trouble being harassed and bullied by 4 sets of neighbours who have a problem with council making my disabled bay bigger, and this has involved assaulting me, lying , threatening my friends and blocking my bay Police have been repeatedly told but done nothing.

Now my neighbour is filming me without my permission to intimidate. There seems to be no one to help. Police not acting.

Anyone have any ideas? wondering also if there are any unions who help members with disability hate crime..

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  • edithedith Posts: 1Member
    I don't know where you're based but look for a law centre - they will provide free advice or be able to direct you to someone who can. You could also contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Keep a diary of all the issues noting dates, times and what has happened. If your house is rented from a Housing Association or a local authority make sure they are aware of what's happening. Hope that helps
  • JenniferUJenniferU Posts: 123Member Whisperer
    edited July 2016
    Hi @alicehayes I'm sorry to hear you've been having such a horrid time with your neighbours. Please make sure you report this, here's some further information: http://www.report-it.org.uk/bullying_and_harassment
  • Geo08Geo08 Posts: 48Member Listener
    Hi @alicehayes I'm a second year law student at the University of York and I thought I would offer you some legal insight. I'm obliged to note that this is NOT legal advice and if you do decide to take any legal action you should consult a solicitor.

    Now that the legal disclaimer is out of the way, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 says in section 1 that a person may not pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another person. Basically that means if they engage in conduct which would cause a person of 'reasonable firmness' to fear alarm or distress on more than one occasion can be guilty of an offence.

    Section 2A of the same Act highlights the offence of stalking. A offence of harassment becomes an offence of stalking when a person engages in an extra activity of the type associated with stalking. In particular, section 2A(3)(g) notes that watching or spying on a person can constitute stalking.

    I know you have said you have informed the police, but do you mind if I ask how you did this? Perhaps by calling 101? It might be worth going to a police station and having a chat with the Desk Sargent in order to deal with the issue more effectively.

    If that doesn't work I would send letters to each of your neighbours highlighting that you believe their conduct amounts to harassment and if absolutely everything fails you can issue legal proceedings in the civil courts under section 3 of the Act. This basically means you don't need to involve the police. If you win you can get damages for anxiety and any actual financial loss that you have suffered as a result of the harassment. The court will also issue an injunction to stop any harassment and if your neighbours don't comply with the injunction they can be sent to prison or fined.

    In the meantime I would keep a log of any incidents that happen and take photos if you can of them recording you.

    If you have any more questions, please let me know.

    Thanks,
    George 
  • milomilo Posts: 165Member Chatterbox
    Read this with interest as family members having similar problem 
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